Sunday, May 24, 2015

Where in the world?

Today we utilized our map skills in an authentic way. We Skype'd with another 1st grade class somewhere in the world. We had to ask map questions to decide which state they were from and we had to do it in 20 questions or less. We asked questions such as "Are you on the east coast?", "Do you live in the southern US?", "Does your state border the Gulf of Mexico?" We were able to figure it out in 5 questions! Mrs Nelson's class was from Austin, TX.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The answer is 13

The question is: How many 1st graders could sit in an eagle's nest?
We've been checking in on the Decorah Iowa eaglets via their live webcam. We found out that their nest is 6 1/2 feet in diameter! Wow!! There are 3 eaglets and they're getting big!
You can check them out here:

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Look what arrived!

Holy moly! Look what arrived this week in our classroom! There were a lot of nervous giggles but many of the kiddos warmed up to our new class pets. If you pet them they'll even squeak at you! Be sure to check them out when you're in for Writer's Tea this Friday!!

Monday, May 4, 2015

It's B day!

Bubbles that is!! We couldn't have asked for a better day to go out and blow a few bubbles! We had a lot of fun blowing and chasing bubbles!

Friday, May 1, 2015


Check out the organisms we received this week, Pons Snails! Many thought twice about holding the snails but after observing them, most everybody did. The looks on kiddos' faces were priceless!!

Thursday, April 23, 2015


Ka- what?? Yes, Kahoot!!! 
We've been using a website called Kahoot to help us review and reinforce various concepts that we're learning in class. The kids absolutely love it when we use Kahoot as it is setup in a game-based format in which they earn points for correct answers. We've used this site to review common/proper nouns, math facts, 3D shapes, and fractions to name a few. Today we used the site to practice our math fact fluency.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Building terrariums

Whew! What a busy week! We started our Organisms unit in science last week which meant preparing several different habitats for living organisms before they arrive this week. We made woodland terrariums which will hold several different living organisms including plants and animals. Sorry to say that the type of animals is still a "teacher secret" and won't be revealed until they arrive.   It's a great surprise and I'm sure it will be a hot topic of conversation at the dinner table when they arrive. 
We're also making aquarium habitats which also will hold both plants and animals. 
We've also been learning about plants and spent some time last week actually learning about seeds and planting our own which we are watching carefully every day to watch the growth. Today was Day 5 and we were able to see the roots starting to grow. Lots of great observations were made including the roots, that the seeds had grown much larger and there are even some small green things starting. Hmmmm... we're all wondering what that may be and are excited to check in again tomorrow to see if there are any significant changes.